BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's former secretary of state, who resigned last year amid sexual harassment allegations, wants the state to reimburse him $32,000 for his costs of a settlement...
Budget stability, clergy abuse top Louisiana stories of 2018
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — As 2018 comes to an end, Louisiana finally could be close to budget stability and the state has dropped from its spot as the nation's top jailer. In addition, New Orleans saw its first woman mayor sworn into office and celebrated 300 years of existence.
Louisiana secretary of state diverted $90K to pay settlement
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana secretary of state's office diverted more than $90,000 from computer system improvements to pay its share of a sexual misconduct settlement involving the agency's former leader, Tom Schedler.
Kyle Ardoin wins election for Louisiana secretary of state
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Republican Kyle Ardoin has retained the Louisiana secretary of state's job he's been performing since May, winning a special election Saturday that was set in motion when his former boss stepped down in a sexual harassment scandal.
Ardoin defeated Democrat Gwen Collins-Greenup, a little-known candidate who significantly lagged in fundraising, to keep the position as state elections chief.
The Latest: Ardoin wins Louisiana secretary of state race
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Latest on Louisiana's runoff election (all times local):
Republican Kyle Ardoin will hang onto the Louisiana secretary of state's job he's been handling since May, when his former boss resigned in a sexual harassment scandal.
Voters selected Ardoin to be the state's elections chief in Saturday's runoff election, a special election called when former Secretary of State Tom Schedler stepped down.
Louisiana secretary of state race tops Saturday ballot
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The two candidates vying to be Louisiana secretary of state are trying to draw interest to a late-in-the-year Saturday election from voters distracted with holiday festivities and Christmas shopping.
The runoff between Republican Kyle Ardoin and Democrat Gwen Collins-Greenup to be Louisiana's top elections official is the only race on the ballot in eight parishes. The other 56 parishes have runoff elections for local seats or tax proposals up for consideration or both.
Sexual misconduct suit against Schedler cost Louisiana $184K
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana spent nearly $35,000 on private attorneys to respond to the sexual harassment lawsuit against former Secretary of State Tom Schedler, boosting the state's costs in the litigation to $184,000.
The Division of Administration released the attorney spending figure Monday to news outlets, after the final invoices were tallied. In addition to lawyers' fees, the state spent $149,075 to settle the case without going to trial.
Louisiana GOP lining up with Ardoin for secretary of state
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's Republican elected officials are rallying behind GOP secretary of state candidate Kyle Ardoin in the Dec. 8 runoff.
Many top Republican leaders avoided endorsements in this month's primary because six GOP candidates were on the ballot. With the race whittled to Ardoin and Democrat Gwen Collins-Greenup, GOP officials announced their backing of Ardoin.
The Latest: La. secretary of state race down to 2 candidates
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Latest on Louisiana elections (all times local):
Louisiana's secretary of state's race will be a two-person face-off between Republican Kyle Ardoin and Democrat Gwen Collins-Greenup in December.
The candidates to be Louisiana's top elections official were the top vote-getters among nine vying for the job on Tuesday's ballot. The runoff will be held Dec. 8.
Packed competition for Louisiana’s secretary of state seat
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Candidates vying to be Louisiana's secretary of state have talked about voting security, #MeToo issues and controversies over new voting machines. But the race to be the state's top elections official is defined more by difficulties raising the money to reach voters.
Ex-Louisiana official doesn’t admit guilt in suit settlement
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The legal settlement that ended a sexual harassment lawsuit against Louisiana's former secretary of state includes no admission of guilt and a gag clause to keep those involved from talking about it, according to documents released Wednesday.
Tom Schedler, who resigned in May as Louisiana's chief elections official, and a female former employee who accused Schedler of harassment agreed to the settlement terms at the end of August.
Ardoin releases TV ad in Louisiana secretary of state race
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — With only three weeks remaining before the Nov. 6 election, the first television ad is on the air in Louisiana's secretary of state race.
Interim Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin, a Baton Rouge Republican, launched his opening 30-second spot Monday, an ad his campaign said is running statewide ahead of the special election.
APNewsBreak: Louisiana pays $149K to settle harassment suit
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana has agreed to pay nearly $150,000 to end a sexual misconduct lawsuit against a former Republican secretary of state who resigned in May, the state's highest public official felled by accusations during the #MeToo movement.
Integrity is key issue in Louisiana secretary of state race
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Candidates vying to be Louisiana secretary of state said Monday they're running to restore confidence in an office whose last elected leader resigned amid sexual harassment allegations and whose voting machine replacement work was criticized as botched.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — After sexual harassment allegations caused the resignation of Louisiana's last secretary of state, a state lawmaker who registered Thursday to run for the open position pledged to "clean the house" of anyone who is disrespectful or discriminatory.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Another state lawmaker is vying to be Louisiana's secretary of state, an open seat drawing a growing list of candidates.
Republican Rep. Rick Edmonds, a Baton Rouge pastor, announced his campaign Thursday to be Louisiana's chief elections official. In his announcement, Edmonds focused on his conservative Christian background and said he would fight any efforts to "weaken secure voting."
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A former Louisiana state lawmaker is running for the secretary of state's job.
A.G. Crowe, a Pearl River Republican, announced his candidacy Tuesday. In a statement, he said he'll work to protect election integrity and improve business services offered through the department.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana state lawmaker is running for the secretary of state's job in the fall election.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana has a new, temporary secretary of state.
Kyle Ardoin has officially taken over the job as the state's chief elections official on an interim basis.
Tom Schedler ended his tenure in the elected job Tuesday, resigning amid allegations he sexually harassed an employee who worked for him announced his resignation last week. The Republican had been in office since 2010.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana senators agreed Tuesday to enact a statewide policy against sexual misconduct in government, moving the proposal one step from final passage on the same day Secretary of State Tom Schedler announced his resignation amid allegations he sexually harassed an employee.
As senators voted 38-0 for the legislation, Sen. Karen Carter Peterson took aim at Schedler's interim replacement, Kyle Ardoin, questioning how much Ardoin knew about the alleged misconduct.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — With calls for his resignation increasing, Louisiana's secretary of state announced Tuesday that he is leaving his position as state elections chief amid allegations he sexually harassed one of his employees.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Latest on the resignation of Louisiana's secretary of state amid sexual harassment allegations (all times local):
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards says the secretary of state made the right decision in announcing he will resign later this month.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — One of Louisiana's U.S. senators Friday called on Secretary of State Tom Schedler to quit his elected position after the release of sexually themed emails Schedler sent one of his employees.
Sen. John Kennedy said the emails, which were sent on a state account and obtained by The Advocate, show his fellow Republican "crossed the line and abused his position."
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Accused of sexual harassment in a lawsuit, Louisiana's secretary of state pledged to state senators Wednesday that his agency is reviewing its anti-harassment policies and will consider improvements.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's elections will be getting a face-lift over the next few years, with plans underway to replace the state's decade-old bulky voting machines with sleeker, smaller equipment and beefed-up technology.
The request seeking proposals from contractors for new voting machines went out this week, with bids due May 1. The solicitation went out as Secretary of State Tom Schedler learned Louisiana is getting a nearly $6 million federal grant to cover a portion of the costs.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler returned to the state Capitol on Tuesday for the first time since a lawsuit alleged he sexually harassed one of his employees for a decade.
Schedler, the state's top elections official, appeared before the House Appropriations Committee for a budget hearing, less than a week after he publicly rejected calls to resign but announced he won't run for re-election next year.
Low interest in early voting for Louisiana Saturday election
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Few Louisiana voters cast ballots early for the upcoming statewide election, and Louisiana's chief elections officer is predicting the low interest in early voting signals a likely dismal turnout on Election Day.
What’s on the ballot? Louisiana election only a week away
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana voters may not be paying much attention, but there's a statewide election only a week away. Top of the ballot are the selection of a new state treasurer and decisions on three constitutional changes.
It was clear from the moment it was announced that the federal “Election Integrity Commission” was nothing more than a vehicle for voter suppression.
With an intrusive request for personal voter information, the commission has ventured into the territory of intimidation. Fortunately, state officials aren’t having it. At least 44 states are refusing to comply with the request, wholly or in part.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Describing the request as politically motivated overreach, Louisiana's Republican secretary of state said Monday that he won't give President Donald Trump's voting commission the private voter identification information it requested.
Secretary of State Tom Schedler said the commissioners can have the limited public information about voters that is available to anyone under Louisiana's law — but like everyone else, they will have to pay for it.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana hasn't decided how it will respond to a request from President Donald Trump's voting commission seeking voter identification information.
Secretary of State Tom Schedler's office said it is reviewing the commission's letter asking for names, birth dates, addresses, party affiliation, voting history and partial Social Security numbers for all voters if available.
Some states have refused to comply, citing privacy concerns.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Early voting is opening for the March 25 municipal elections around Louisiana.
Secretary of State Tom Schedler's office says voters can start casting ballots Saturday for local candidate and proposition elections and to fill three open seats in the Louisiana House of Representatives. The early voting period ends March 18.
Not every voter will have something on the ballot this month. Elections are being held in 37 parishes.
Elections chief says no evidence of voter fraud in Louisiana
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Republican Secretary of State Tom Schedler is defending Louisiana's elections system, as President Donald Trump announced an investigation into voter fraud in the fall election.
Schedler released a statement Wednesday saying: "Louisiana did not have any widespread irregularities or allegations of fraud" during the 2016 presidential election.
3 Shreveport museums get reprieve and will stay open for now
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — Authorities say three Shreveport historical museums that were set to be shut down by the end of 2016 have been given a few weeks of new life.
The Shreveport Times reports (http://bit.ly/2iAjZWp ) that the museums have been granted approval to stay open through February.
Secretary of State Tom Schedler had said that due to budget constraints, state funding for the museums would cut off on Dec. 31, 2016.
Candidates rally support for La. runoff drawing low interest
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's candidates were trying to stir up enthusiasm ahead of Saturday's election, seeking to persuade people to cast ballots in a runoff expected to draw less than a third of registered voters.
A U.S. Senate and two U.S. House sets remain to be decided, the last congressional races in the nation.
Candidates rally support for La. runoff drawing low interest
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's candidates are trying to stir up enthusiasm for Saturday's election, seeking to persuade people to cast ballots in a runoff expected to draw less than a third of registered voters.
Remaining to be decided are an open U.S. Senate seat and two open U.S. House seats, the nation's last congressional races.
Low early voting turnout for Louisiana’s Saturday election
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Early voting was sluggish in advance of this weekend's runoff election, with fewer than 6 percent of Louisiana's 3 million registered voters casting ballots.
About 171,000 voters went to the polls in advance, during the just-ended early voting period for the Saturday election that will decide an open U.S. Senate seat and two open U.S. House seats, along with dozens of local elections.
La. early voting opens Saturday, with Senate seat on ballot
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The weeklong period for voters to cast early ballots in the Dec. 10 runoff election opens Saturday, with a U.S. Senate seat, two U.S. House seats and dozens of municipal races remaining to be settled.
Secretary of State Tom Schedler, Louisiana's top elections official, said lines should be short during the long holiday weekend and early voting, which runs through Dec. 3, "should be quick and easy."
Early voting in Louisiana shatters records from 4 years ago
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana voters turned out in record numbers during early voting, according to data released Wednesday that surprised a top elections official, who had worried the animosity of the presidential race could cause a voting slump.
Secretary of State Tom Schedler said voters' anger about the presidential candidates, Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton, instead seems to be driving people to the polls in Louisiana.
Louisiana early voting ahead of Nov. 8 election ends Tuesday
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's early voting period is wrapping up.
Voters have until 6 p.m. Tuesday to cast their ballots in advance of next week's election, to choose the nation's next president, to fill congressional seats and to select local elected officials around the state.
Secretary of State Tom Schedler's office says turnout has been "extremely high," breaking early voting records from the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections, with nearly 73,000 people voting each day.
Early voting in Louisiana election opens, runs until Nov. 1
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's voters can cast their ballots for the upcoming election to choose the nation's next president, to fill congressional seats and to select local elected officials around the state.
Secretary of State Tom Schedler is encouraging people to vote ahead of the Nov. 8 election, as the week-long early voting period opened Tuesday. It runs through Nov. 1.
Want a Blue Dog sticker? Have to vote in Louisiana election
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana voters who cast ballots this fall will get an "I VOTED" sticker that could soon become a collector's item, featuring George Rodrigue's iconic Blue Dog.